Name: Arnaud Dubois
Hometown: from Theux and living now in Liege (Belgium)
Years Racing: 20…
Career Highlights: European Champ Junior, 2nd Euro 2009 Elite, 18 times Belgian Champion
Sponsors: GT Bicycles, AAdrink, Alpinestars, Nike 6.0, Stay Strong, Freegun Underwear
BMX Talk: So Arnaud you’re dream came true and you have made it to the Olympics (again) , Congrats! Unlike 2008 you’ve been allowed to race this time, tell us a bit about that? It must be a huge relief, we saw the facebook page created for people to support your selection, tell the readers what happened before Beijing.
AD:So in Beijing, I got the spot for Belgium, after the worlds, but the country had their own criterias too, top 16 at the worlds, I didn’t get that and didn’t have a great season, so no discussion, they didn’t accept the spot.
BMX Talk: That simple! Must have been the most frustrating thing to have missed Beijing, we’re you nervous when you’d qualified for London with enough points but not met you’re Belgian Olympic criteria again?
AD:Actually not, I had too much pressure in China and didn’t want to go through the same again to be honest. I was thinking at the beginning of the year : “train as hard as you can, do all you have to do and if I go or if I don’t I won’t have any regrets”. I worked really hard this winter, but after the race in Caen (where I torn my ACL) I was starting to doubt if I could still make it but worked double hard until the worlds and it worked out for me.
BMX Talk: It has to be every BMX racer’s dream to be an Olympian, what does it mean for you to represent you country at that event?
AD:Of course it’s a dream, it’s a goal, for me and also for the sport in Belgium I think it’s important. I want to promote the sport, bring more and more riders out to the tracks as that’s where it all starts. Being there at the biggest race of the year will be great!
BMX Talk: You’ve had some injuried over the last couple of years? But you looked to be back on track and going fast again in Caen getting 2nd behind Liam Phillips on Saturday before crashing hard on Sunday?
AD: Yeah like for everyone in the sport there are always injuries, last year I didn’t race the all season due to some back problems, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go for the Olympics. After that, last summer, I got a new coach, restarted everything with new way of training and it looks like it was a good decision! And after Caen, I stayed confident even if I knew that it would be hard, I didn’t want to give up.
I think as long as you did all what you have to do, you can go to the race confident and can just go 110% at the race and see what happens.
BMX Talk:Looks like it was a minor set back and you overcame it well. How did the rest of the run up to Birmingham go after you’re recovery from Caen?
AD: My first race back was Norway, where I was just still scared to ride, and than it went better and better, got into the main in Orleans, 32nd time in Papendal…And I was feeling good in Birmingham, had good motos, just was a bit late in quarter and that was as far as it went.
BMX Talk:Still a good enough result with how the points went to get you to London. What’s your goal for the games?
AD:Mmmh, it’s going to be a weird race and I’d be very happy with a main…
BMX Talk: Have you been based in France or Belgium over the last few months as we know you race a Frenc club…tell us a bit about riding for them? Do you race all the main French races?
AD: Actually I was racing for Les Pennes Mirabeau in Marseille, it was good because I raced all the French cups and was a good team too. But I didn’t really race in France this year, I mostly stay in Belgium now since my trainer is here. But I still try to go there sometimes, in the south for the good weather and I can always stay with Pablo (Gutierrez). I went last week in Mours too, where they have great riders and a good group training there, this is what I really miss here in Belgium!
BMX Talk: How’s your final prep going for London, any trips planned tp SX tracks as we see a lot of riders are basing them selves at training centres across the world…
AD:So I started in France, I’m now in Papendal with my coach, we definitely want to stay on SX tracks till the Olympics, Lumbres and Aigle proboably. There are no races but there will be people riding there so it’s good to ride with other people!
BMX Talk: Have you been invited to Red Bull Elevation after Olympics?
BMX Talk This sounds like you’re type of event, I think Johan needs to check out you’re Facebook pics as you’re one of the guys that like to hit the trails and skatepark a lot… There is cash awarded for tricks at the Red Bull event so we might have seen you flipping big doubles mid lap..
AD:That sounds cool! Haha, we’ll maybe if I was invited. Either way I’ll be riding plenty of trails again after August!
BMX Talk: > Well the days are counting down to the big show, congratulations again, hope the final preparation goes smoothly and good luck for the games and I would have said have fun in Berlin but you’re not going! ha.
AD:Thanks, I’ll make a trip out to Berlin for dubstep clubs!